Velocity of an Object in a Hurricane
Date: 4/5/96 at 12:18:11 From: Anonymous Subject: Hurricanes Hello. My name is Joseph York. I live in Arab Al. I am doing a computer project for my Supercomputing class in school. I would like some help. I am doing my project on the distance an object is thrown by a hurricane. I am going to use the weight of a Basketball and I am going to change the wind speed. I am going to use the shape of a sphere. I need a formula to calculate the distance the object will be thrown by the wind speed I will put into the spreadsheet. Do you know any information or a formula that would work?
Date: 4/7/96 at 19:43:5 From: Doctor Sebastien Subject: Re: Hurricanes Hi. You know the following: v, initial velocity of object = wind velocity m, mass of object v would be horizontal in this case. So this is the horizontal component of the speed of the object. The vertical component is zero. Now, vertically, the object is falling under gravity. That is, the object has an downward acceleration, g. By knowing the distance above the ground at which the object exits the hurricane, it is possible to find the time taken for the object to hit the ground. By finding this time and then multiplying it by v, you get the horizontal distance travelled by the object, which is what you want to find. Now, you may need to consider friction. If it is not mentioned in the original problem, neglect it. -Doctor Sebastien, The Math Forum
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